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    Sunday, May 05, 2019 10:16:15 AM

    "The Wasps" secured their SPFL Championship safety after a 1-1 draw against Ayr United at Somerset Park on the final league game of the season which also condemed Falkirk to relegation to League One and Queen of the South to the end of season Play-Off's.

    Jim Goodwin's side finished eighth a position which on reflection nobody at the club doubted could be achieved but one the media had never believed to be possible for a part-time club written off prior to the start of the season.

    "The Wasps" travelled to Somerset Park knowing that they had to take something from the game and started very brightly with Dario Zanatta on the left wing causing the home defence many problems. Ross Doohan had to make a great save at the back post before shortly afterwards only the crossbar prevented Alloa going in front.

    Ross Doohan saves at back post
    Dario Zanatta shot strikes the crossbar and bounces clear
    Alloa took a deserved lead after 33 minutes when Connor Shields drove at the Ayr United defence and fired his shot low into the bottom corner of the net. However four minutes later Lawrence Shankland scored the equaliser with his 34th goal of the season.
    Alloa players celebrate opening goal
    Lawrence Shankland grabs equaliser 1-1
    The second half produced chances for both teams with Alloa still looking for the winning goal with Connor Shields and Dario Zanatta causing problems with their pace, Kevin Cawley was just out of reach as a Zanatta croos flashed across the face of the Ayr goal.
    Kevin Cawley just couldn't reach
    The final minutes in the second half seemed to last for ever as Ayr made it really difficult, with a Luke McCowan header in the closing minutes thankfully straight into Neil Parry's arms. The final whistle brought great joy and relief getting over the line. This season was always going to be tough but the objective of staying in the Championship had been achieved, proving "The Wasps" worth and merit in the SPFL Championship.
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